Ennio De Rigo Bestowed Title of Cavaliere Del Lavoro During Ceremony in Rome

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018 12:15 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Ennio De Rigo, chairman of De Rigo, was bestowed with the honorary title of “Cavalieri del Lavoro” or “Knight of the Order of Merit for Labour” during a ceremony held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy. De Rigo was appointed the title in June 2018 as Vision Monday previously reported. The title was bestowed by the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella together with the minister of economic development, labour and social policies, Luigi Di Maio, and president of the National Federation of the Cavalieri del Lavoro, Antonio D'Amato.

AAOF Names 23 Recipients of 2018 Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 2018 recipients of the Johnson & Johnson Vision J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. Every year, the AAOF awards this scholarship to exceptional second or third year optometry students. These students are the ones who best demonstrate the ideal eyecare standards of practice, achievement in the classroom and extracurriculars, as well as participation in other professional pursuits such as interactions with patients through internships, community service and other volunteer activities. The 23 recipients will be awarded $875 for their education.

VOSH Int’l Welcomes Worldwide Chapters and Honors Three at Annual Meeting

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 12:18 AM MONTREAL— From the roll call of its 84 chapters worldwide, to presentations and exchanges of humanitarian endeavors, heartfelt stories, latest information, and opportunities, the VOSH International annual meeting held here earlier this month brought together attendees with a passion for facing the challenges of global eyecare. More than one third of the world’s population suffers from impaired vision or functional blindness; many, mostly in developing countries, lacking the resources or access to eyecare or glasses. VOSH is the largest, all-volunteer nonprofit optometric humanitarian and volunteer organization. The VOSH Chapter in Santa Cruz, Quebec, hosted this year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Akio Kanai to Receive the 2018 Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award, acknowledging humanitarian efforts in the non-profit sector to build and support sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities, will be awarded to Dr. Akio Kanai. Dr. Kanai’s is being recognized for his partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and his efforts in providing direct eyecare in Thailand, Nepal, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Rohingya to over 100,000 refugees. In honor of Dr. Kanai, The American Academy of Optometry has made a $5,000 donation to Fuji Vision Aid Mission, according to an announcement from the Academy.

2018 American Academy of Optometry Announces Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients

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Friday, October 12, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry announced the recipients of the 2018 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. These travel fellowships will allow residents to attend Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 7 to 10. Recipients will be recognized at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, November 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Stars at Night Ballroom B2 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships will be presented at the CooperVision Booth #1635 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the exhibit hall.

Nominations for 2018 Transitions Innovation Awards Program Now Open

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:15 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Nominations for the 2018 Transitions Innovation Awards Program are now open. Industry professionals can submit their nominations until Oct. 31. Through this program, Transitions Optical recognizes loyal partners and individual optical industry professionals from the U.S. and Canada for their commitment to growing their businesses by supporting the Transitions brand over the past year, the company said. Open to independent eyecare professionals and practices, optical industry professionals and educators, national and regional retailers and optical laboratories, candidates must complete a nomination form and detail their 2018 efforts in the following evaluation areas: commitment and inspiration, goals, plan and creativity, and impact and results in order to be entered.

SportRx Celebrates 2018 REXY Award Winners

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:15 AM LAS VEGAS—The first annual SportRx Awards, also known as The REXYS, was held here on Sept.27. Hosted by SportRx, an online, direct-to-consumer sport prescription eyewear supplier, the REXYS recognize sports optical brands for their product quality, design, and innovation across 12 different categories. REXY winners were selected based on sales data, customer reviews, and SportRx optical expertise. “Sport prescription eyewear has been our specialization for over 20 years. We carry the top brands and have customized millions of prescription eyewear combinations for our customers. Because of that, we have a unique view of the industry,” said Dan Bruton, SportRx president.

Silmo d’Or Award Honorees Announced

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Thursday, October 4, 2018 12:24 AM PARIS—Silmo Paris has announced the full list of honorees for the 2018 Silmo d’Or awards. The Silmo d’Or gala event took place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Musee des Arts Forains, and the panel of judges for the jury was led by Belgian designer as well as interior designer, Michel Penneman. The 25th Silmo d'Or awards ceremony gives prizes to the creativity of the optical profession. The Silmo d’Or laureates for 2018 are:

Winners of Best Exhibitor Booth Awards Announced at Vision Expo West

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Show organizers have announced the winners of the favorite exhibitor booth in the following categories: “Most Creative Booth Design” and “Best Brand Activation.”

AAOF Announces Recipient of Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship

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Friday, September 14, 2018 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), in collaboration with the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, has named Xiaohua Zhuang, PhD, as the 2018 recipient of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK) Research Fellowship. Dr. Zhuang is an assistant professor at the Illinois College of Optometry. The fellowship is designed to provide support for early career optometric and vision science faculty research.

OSU Student Wins 2018 Student Innovator Award Sponsored by VSP Global

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global, The Rick Bay Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Optometry (OSU) announced Marielle Blumenthaler, a fourth-year OD student, as the first-ever recipient of the OSU Student Innovator Award. The award recognizes innovative, creative, and feasible ideas of a current student at different optometry schools. This is the first year OSU has offered the award. Blumenthaler’s winning idea proposes the integration of vision therapy services into elementary schools serving low-income students. The idea is to bring in sensory motor evaluations, vision therapy sessions, and progress checks to the school to neutralize barriers to care and to optimize children’s academic success.

VOSH International Selects Dr. Bud Falkenhain for its 2018 Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—VOSH International has selected Dr. Bud Falkenhain for its 2018 Harry I. Zeltzer Lifetime Achievement Award. Falkenhain was cited for his “passionate pioneering and visionary leadership throughout the years in the establishment of VOSH and well beyond.”

Make Your Nominations for the 2018 Women in Optometry Theia Awards

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Friday, August 24, 2018 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Nominations for the 2018 Women in Optometry Theia Awards of Excellence are now open. The Theia Awards of Excellence are named for Theia, the Greek goddess of vision or sight. The final awards decision will be made by the Women in Optometry professional advisory board, and the 2018 Theia Awards will be presented at the annual American Academy of Optometry Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 8, 2018. This year, Women in Optometry will be expanding the categories included under the Theia Awards of Excellence to honor women ODs in five categories.

American Academy of Optometry Names Dr. Akio Kanai as Winner of Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

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Monday, August 13, 2018 12:18 AM SYDNEY—Dr. Akio Kanai, chief executive officer of Fuji Optical, has been announced as the Brien Holden Humanitarian Award winner for 2018 by the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) for his efforts in delivering vision care to refugee communities over more than three decades. The Brien Holden Humanitarian Award is awarded annually by AAO as a way to honor the memory and work of Professor Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO. The award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to improve eyecare within a country or region. In particular, the award acknowledges humanitarian efforts in the non-profit/not-for-profit sector that build or support the development of sustainable eyecare systems in developing communities.

National Vision Celebrates 50th NOA Convention With Third Annual Award of Student Grants

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Monday, August 13, 2018 12:15 AM DULUTH, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, has announced the winners of the National Optometric Student Association (NOSA) grant through its partnership with the National Optometric Association (NOA). The three students awarded a total of $7,000 were announced at the NOSA Scholarship Awards presentation, which was held during the 50th Annual NOA Convention & CE Program late last month. This year’s grant essay topic, inspired by Simon Sinek, consultant and author of “What is Your Why?” asked students to share their “why,” by explaining what their personal mission will be as a future doctor of optometry. All active NOSA members in good standing with an optometry school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico were eligible to enter and submit responses in a 500-word essay or short video.